I had very high hopes for this place given all I had heard. We stopped her twice over a three day weekend. Our first stop was just to pop in and check it out. This would be a different review, much more complimentary if we'd stopped after the first visit. However, our first stop was for a few drinks and to sample a few cheeses during the day. It wasn't too busy but we still had a to wait to get a spot at the bar, which was no big deal. The wine, drinks and cheese were great. Our bartenders were sassy but fun which fits well within the energetic ambiance of the place. We left saying, "we need to have dinner there." So we tried to make a reservation and couldn't. The told us for three people, we'd need to pop in and put our name in and would be looking at at least an hour wait, no matter how early we tried. "Okay," we said. It was a two hour wait and when they seated us, they put us in the far corner of the tent they use for delivery of food and other items. It was cool outside and a bit windy. They tents is light and air came in. The wall of the tent was leaning on the customers while they tried to talk and dine. "No problem," we said. It will get better. The server had no time for us. She didn't smile at us. She was rushed and cramped and struggling to get things done. We said, "well, she's working hard and will eventually warm up and take the time." That didn't happen at all. We got our food and it is good. They serve good food here, but given all the hype, I felt the full dining experience was very much lacking. There are places all over town where you might pay a little bit more and get a hell of a lot better. It's nice that it's on Michigan. There aren't many places like this on Michigan. But if you go, demand seats inside and someone who appreciates that you are there.
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